On March 30, Mexican composer Dr. Samuel Zyman premiered his most recent work Horizontes: reflexiones sonoras hacia la virtud (Horizons: Musical reflections on virtue) during IPADE’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The world premiere was performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Universidad Panamericana (UP), conducted by Dr. Gabriel Pliego Carrasco, Director of the UP School of Fine Arts.

Dr. Zyman, a professor at the Juilliard School in New York City, shared that the piece was informed by the main characteristics of the daily life of a business leader, including always looking for opportunities, engaging with people, generating results, tackling challenges, and building for the future. Musically speaking, Dr. Zyman was inspired by the Academic Festival Overture Op. 80, written by Johannes Brahms for the University of Breslau in 1879.

In Dr. Zyman’s opinion, working on a commission does not limit his creative process, but rather gives him the opportunity to engage with the client and fully understand their desires for the piece. For the creation of Horizontes: reflexiones sonoras hacia la virtud, Dr. Zyman worked alongside IPADE Dean Rafael Gómez Nava to understand the essence of IPADE, as well as with Dr. Gabriel Pliego to better grasp the character and range of the young musicians of the UP Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Zyman also shared that he felt comfortable writing a piece about business leaders.

“Composers, just like business leaders, make important decisions throughout our day-to-day activities,” said Dr. Zyman. “We need to decide what notes to use, where to make cuts, etc.”

Additionally, Dr. Zyman was pleased to create a work of art focused on business leaders, despite the fact that the business world might seem transactional to some due to its economic focus. Humanity needs culture, and as leaders of a social organization, business leaders are responsible for creating social and cultural consciousness, including around art and music.